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Hawaii's Annual Events & Festivals

The Festive Islands of Aloha

Dive deep into Hawaii’s local community and you’ll discover a culture alive with paniolo (cowboys), Chinese dragons, ethnic festivals, culinary events and an exotic collection of celebrations. Throughout the year, you’ll also encounter parades, street parties, food and craft fairs, concerts and family activities that honor every aspect of Hawaii’s diverse culture.


Annual Events

Many of Hawaii’s most memorable celebrations occur annually. Some, like the Honolulu Marathon(December) and the Hawaii International Film Festival (October), draw visitors and participants from around the globe. Others, like Oahu’s Prince Lot Hula Competition (July) or the Eo E Emalani I Alakai Festival (October) on Kauai and the statewide King Kamehameha Celebration (June) are primarily local occasions. These events have a strong allure for visitors who want to get an authentic glimpse of Hawaii during their trip.


Food Festivals

Events that feature local foods and agricultural products attract both locals and visitors. The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival on the islands of Hawaii, Maui and Oahu (October) and the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival (June) on Maui are long-running culinary events, hosting world-class chefs, winemakers and master sommeliers for thousands of wine and food lovers. The Island of Hawaii’s Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (November) celebrates all things coffee and includes nearly 50 events over 10 days. Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival (October) highlights al things cacao and coffee industries of Kauai.

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Jun 16 2018
Maui

Noni Workshop with Koi Lum

Occurs on:
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Summary

Saturday, June 16, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Noni Workshop with Koi Lum Noni is a kinolau of the Hawaiian god, Ku. Though unpleasant in smell, noni is considered an exceptionally important medicinal plant. Learn more about the uses of noni with Hawaiian cultural Practitioner, Koi Lum. Cost: $50, or [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Jun 16 2018
Kumu hula Kaho'okele Crabbe
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Na Mea Hula Demonstrations

Occurs on:
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Summary

Held in conjunction with monthly Na Mea hula kahiko performances, join Kumu hula Kahookele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery as they share with you "Na Mea Hula" (all things hula). Come and learn a hula, use various hula implements and try your hand at lei [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jun 23 2018
Maui

Ai Iwane: Island in My Mind, Fukushima AND Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Transcendent

Occurs between:
Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Saturday, August 18, 2018
Summary

Melissa Ann Pinney: Girl Transcendent

Ai Iwane: Island in My Mind, Fukushima

Exhibit dates: June 23- Aug 18, 2018

Exhibit Location: Schaefer International Gallery

Gallery Hours: Tue – Sun 10am - 5 pm (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jun 29 2018
Oahu

Mango Jam Honolulu

Occurs between:
Friday, June 29, 2018
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Saturday, June 30, 2018
Summary

Mango Jam Honolulu returns to the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center, June 29 & 30, 2018 and this year it will feature a Mango Recipe Contest! Every month from January through June one recipe winner will be chosen to create their MANGO MASTERPIECE at Mango Jam Honolulu 2018 and compete for a chance to [...]

Jun 29 2018
Lauhala weaving
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program

Occurs on:
Friday, June 29, 2018
Summary

Come join fiber artist and nationally recognized gourd artist, Jelena Clay on the lanai of Volcano Art Center Gallery for a workshop on Lauhala weaving.  Lauhala leaves come from the Hala tree, a very special Pacific Island tree.  Students will learn how to select, prepare and dye Lauhala [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jun 30 2018
Maui

Imu Workshop with Ikaika Nakahashi

Occurs between:
Saturday, June 30, 2018
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Sunday, July 1, 2018
Summary

Saturday, June 30 (9 AM to 6 PM), & Sunday, July 1 (8 AM to 11 AM): Imu Workshop with Ikaika Nakahashi- This two-day, in-depth workshop will teach many aspects of imu (Hawaiian underground oven) creation and use. Hands-on instruction in how to gather materials, how to create, ignite, seal, and open [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Whit Germano
  • Contact Organization: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Jul 5 2018
Oahu

Manoa Valley Theatre Presents - The Princess and the Iso Peanut

Occurs between:
Thursday, July 5, 2018
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Sunday, July 22, 2018
Summary

The Princess and the Iso Peanut

From the Library of Hawaii Favorites

A local-kine Hawaiian pidgin musical comedy by Lisa Matsumoto and Roslyn Catracchia

Produced in association with Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center

What can happen when a traditional [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Box Office
  • Contact Organization: Manoa Valley Theatre
Jul 5 2018
Desiree Moana Cruz
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Voices

Occurs on:
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Summary

Hula Voices presents an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners who eat, sleep and live on the practice of hula and its associated arts. Embrace the opportunity to listen to Kumu Hula, long time Humana (student) and artisans whose live and breathe Hula. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jul 5 2018
Desiree Moana Cruz
Hawaii

Hula Arts At Kilauea: Hula Voices

Occurs on:
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Summary

Hula Voices presents an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners who eat, sleep and live on the practice of hula and its associated arts. Embrace the opportunity to listen to Kumu Hula, long time Humana (student) and artisans whose live and breathe Hula. [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Anisha Clay
  • Contact Organization: Volcano Art Center
Jul 7 2018
Paddle Race Series for all paddle craft with up to 35 miles of racing!
Molokai

Molokai Holokai Festival

Occurs between:
Saturday, July 7, 2018
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Sunday, July 8, 2018
Summary

The Molokai Holokai Festival seeks to function as an opportunity for professional SUP/Paddle racers to experience a race which is fun and challenging, whilst also being a community event that invites (amateur) locals to participate. It aims to encourage racers to interact with our community, [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Clare Mawae/Kaela Pereira
  • Contact Organization: Youth in Motion